End of it, finally

About a month ago I started sewing strips and strings together, with a rough plan in mind. I’m pleased that as of yesterday I’ve *finally* finished this task I set myself.

I created 3.55m of warm colours, and 5.6m of cool colours. WOF is 42″-45″. This is pretty heavy fabric with so much thread and seam allowances.

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K, I know it’s kind of a weird picture and really hard to stage beautifully. So eff it. This is stretched out across my house.

Here is what I have in mind to make using these string sheets. I do want to work my way through Sherri Lynn Wood’s improv book to stretch myself. I like precision, and patterns, and I tend to work small-ish. For this I’m cutting with scissors and working large.

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Made a sample block to test it out. This will measure ~16″x24″ once sewn. I like it a lot.

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April Update

April has been kicking my butt pretty hard, which I knew it would, but still. And there’s another 10 days yet, including an extremely high stakes, very emotional event to survive.

I did some much needed therapeutic sewing this week. I used to sort strings and strips by length but turns out that’s a bit goofy. I’ve changed it now to be Warms/Cools/Darks/Low volumes.

I’ve wanted to do a string quilt for a while now. On our small trip away last month I read all of Sherri Lynn Wood’s “Improv Handbook for the Modern Quilter” and am going to work through it, making as many of the scores as I can.

Making fabric for a string quilt seemed mindless enough for now. Sewing is good, and writing is too.

Scrap swappin’

A while back Janice from Color, Creating and Quilting and one of my fellow 2016 New Quilt Blogger blog hop peeps put out a call for bright coloured prints with a very dark background. So I went through my scraps, strings, strips, and yardage and mailed her off a bunch.

She asked what I wanted in return so of course I said 2.5″ squares! And/or low volume 5″ squares. She sent me both!

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And reused my envelope, which I loved.

You can see here what Janice is doing with her fabrics. Thanks for boosting my stash Janice!

Malcolm’s Dragons, a finished quilt

Or dinosaurs, or Godzilla if you’re quite particular. I doubt a newborn baby will be huffy about dragons vs dinosaurs (or even know about Godzilla) at this point.

This quilt was joyous to make and I’m just so thrilled with the results. I hope the new parents like it even half as much as I do.

My theme for this quilt was “navy blue and dragons” which was an excellent starting place.

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For the back I used some of my entire bolt of slightly irregular Dr Seuss stripes.

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This bit’s for my own interest. In a 30″ square quilt with only nine blocks how many fabrics did I use? Every single bit was scraps or stash, including the batting, backing, and binding. So where did it all come from?

  • guild challenge fabric (from the brand new MQG Riley Blake challenge): 2
  • free from a friend: 1
  • from the scraps of famous quilters: 4 fabrics (from two quilters)
  • birthday fabrics from my sister last year: 2
  • bought new but randomly, ie for no purpose at some point in the past: 3
  • purchased scraps: 3
  • leftovers from previous quilts I made: 12 different quilts!
  • leftovers from previous projects: 4

 

A thoughtful touch in the centre block: the baby’s initials, fussy cut from an alphabet fabric. The multi coloured dot below it was the lining for my nearly eleven year old’s first coat, made way back in 2008.

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Quilt Stats:

Title: Dragons for Malcom

Lifetime quilt no.: 74

Started: February 22, 2018

Finished: March 2, 2018

Size: 30″x30″

Pattern used: inspired by this pattern from Latifah Saafir (among many other improv log cabins)

Number of pieces: 119

Quilting: straight line walking foot quilting with blue and orange Bottom Line thread from Superior, and a variegated blue 30wt from Sulky in a sort of randomish but totally planned irregular grid.

Binding: sewn to the BACK, then brought to the front and stitched with a 12wt yellow/orange/white/red variegated Aurifil I’ve had forrrrevvvver. Used Cheryl Arkison’s mitred corners technique which is newish to me but I am becoming a convert.

 

Front of the quilt on the left, back of the quilt with awesome stitching in the ditch on the right.

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This was a fast project and was only blogged once during the process.

Linking up with Finish it up Friday, Sew Fresh Quilts and My Quilt Infatuation! Happy weekend everyone.